THE ENGINE ROOM
INSPIRATION BOARD “Having things out in the office is key – as an idea can come incidentally. You’ll look at an image and something will click. And organised chaos is important because if everything was tucked away and nice and neat, a lot of concepts wouldn’t come out as easily.” STREET CULTURE “That’s a classic Kate Moss poster that was all over New York City. Supreme is an amazing label and it was shot by Terry Richardson. Street culture is something I grew up with – skateboarding was a big part of my childhood. It’s a more subversive kind of culture.” MODELS “We call these sketch models and make hundreds of them. We just keep trying different iterations of the same design. There’s plaster, blue foam and cardboard. The way we work is analogue as opposed to digital. We like to draw tactile, real things.” CAMERAS “That’s a Leica ‘M-A’ and a Fujifilm ‘X-pro1’. These are just rangefinders, not super technical or anything, but iconic. I like documenting things – it’s an easy way to record an idea or moment.”
He exudes the quiet confidence of a man who lets his work speak for itself. That includes architectural and design projects for Merivale, Incu, Dion Lee, Camilla and Marc and The Australian Ballet. Here, in Sydney’s Surry Hills, the 36-yearold unpacks the “organised chaos” that is his workspace.
LAMP “I like collecting lamps and furniture. For me, it’s about investing in beautiful things. This lamp has a really nice design – quite a feminine shape, which contrasts with the industrial base. It’s a good colour. Nude. Or salmon, maybe?” BOOKS “Architecture and art books are a big inspiration. I buy these when I travel. Even things that are totally unrelated like this one, Building Small Boats – just the way traditional craftsmen work can be interesting and a great source of creativity.”